Shelter Steady (slow flow)


This class is taught by:

Missy Oleshansky

Missy Oleshansky, Ph.D., LP, RYT is a registered and certified yoga teacher, Yoga Medics therapist and board member, fully licensed clinical health psychologist, and a personal and professional life coach. Missy has studied and practiced yoga, psychology, stress management, and health promotion since 1992 in California and Michigan. She has earned a doctoral degree in clinical health psychology, two master's degrees, one in clinical psychology and one in educational psychology, and her certification in the teaching and philosophy of both Hatha yoga and Yoga Medics. In the capacities of psychology and yoga, Missy works with a diverse group of individuals. Missy helps guide and motivate children, adolescents, and adults with depression, anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar disorder, Eating disorders, substance abuse issues, chronic pain, marriage and relationship discord, transitional life stress, behavior problems, and low self esteem and low self confidence. Missy has found that almost everybody desires to strengthen his or her overall health and wellness. The practice of yoga is designed to help achieve holistic health. Physically, yoga helps strengthen the body and relax muscle tension. Mentally, yoga helps calm an overly stimulated and stressed mind. And spiritually, yoga helps peace, serenity, and gratitude manifest. Missy takes a holistic approach to teaching and practicing yoga and therapy. Missy’s classes are fun and challenging and are suitable for both experienced and beginning practitioners of yoga.

Matt Edwards

I've been hooked since my first class at Grand Valley State almost 6 years ago. Since then, yoga has helped my relationship with myself as well as my community. Each and every time we step onto a yoga mat we can learn something new about ourselves. No effort is lost. I'm honored to be of service at the Yoga Shelter and I look forward to growing better and better together.

Namaste

Melissa Wolak

Yoga found me during my junior year of college were I was over-working, over-stressing, and over-running. I somehow found myself in a Vinyasa yoga class because it seemed to be gaining popularity and I figured I would give it a shot. After realizing how far away my toes actually were in a forward fold and trembling/shaking my way through my first pigeon, I realized that this "yoga thing" was no joke. As my perfectionist self, I was determined to get better at all of these poses and get into a headstand just as effortlessly as the girl on the mat in front of me. With time and lots of sweat, the poses because easier, but the most enlightening part was that my life did as well. All of the stress and work and fears and worries somehow left me when I came into those four walls and simply found a way to let go and be in the moment- working hard, yet accepting where I was all at the same time.

Six years later, yoga is a part of my life and I carry my yoga breath with me everywhere I go. I enjoy teaching others not only the correct postures, but enjoy seeing them leave with a smile on their face and a calm in their spirits that wasn't present at the beginning of class. I love bringing laughter, smiles, and challenge into my classes and look forward to making students feel at ease in our time together!

Our slow-burn hatha style is a fully guided foundation-building slow grounded flow.Most forms of yoga in the West can be classified as Hatha Yoga. Hatha simply refers to the practice of physical yoga postures, meaning your Ashtanga, vinyasa, Iyengar and Power Yoga classes are all Hatha Yoga. Focused on going deeper into the breath, you are encouraged to keep your eyes closed on this inward journey, enhancing the ability to pay attention to feelings, and relax into your body even in periods of discomfort. Working to build endurance, we explore the balance of effort and ease using slower, cumulatively deeper pose sequences with longer holds designed to engage and strengthen not only the major muscle groups but to functionally integrate the entire body. In this slower yet challenging practice, within the boundaries and framework of personal individual expression, "everybody" is presented the opportunity to articulate both breath and posture. A longer Savasana rests and restores body and the mind.

Upcoming classes:

  • Mon May 29 8:30 am - 9:30 am with Missy Oleshansky
    at West Bloomfield
  • Mon Jun 05 8:30 am - 9:30 am with Missy Oleshansky
    at West Bloomfield
  • Mon Jun 05 4:45 pm - 5:45 pm with Matt Edwards
    at West Bloomfield
  • Mon Jun 05 5:45 pm - 6:45 pm with Melissa Wolak
    at Royal Oak
  • Mon Jun 12 8:30 am - 9:30 am with Missy Oleshansky
    at West Bloomfield
  • Mon Jun 12 4:45 pm - 5:45 pm with Matt Edwards
    at West Bloomfield
  • Mon Jun 12 5:45 pm - 6:45 pm with Melissa Wolak
    at Royal Oak
  • Mon Jun 19 8:30 am - 9:30 am with Missy Oleshansky
    at West Bloomfield
  • Mon Jun 19 4:45 pm - 5:45 pm with Matt Edwards
    at West Bloomfield
  • Mon Jun 19 5:45 pm - 6:45 pm with Melissa Wolak
    at Royal Oak
  • Mon Jun 26 8:30 am - 9:30 am with Missy Oleshansky
    at West Bloomfield
  • Mon Jun 26 4:45 pm - 5:45 pm with Matt Edwards
    at West Bloomfield
  • Mon Jun 26 5:45 pm - 6:45 pm with Melissa Wolak
    at Royal Oak
  • Mon Jul 03 8:30 am - 9:30 am with Missy Oleshansky
    at West Bloomfield
  • Mon Jul 03 4:45 pm - 5:45 pm with Matt Edwards
    at West Bloomfield
  • Mon Jul 03 5:45 pm - 6:45 pm with Melissa Wolak
    at Royal Oak
  • Mon Jul 10 8:30 am - 9:30 am with Missy Oleshansky
    at West Bloomfield
  • Mon Jul 10 4:45 pm - 5:45 pm with Matt Edwards
    at West Bloomfield